updated 2/5/2009 5:26:26 AM ET 2009-02-05T10:26:26

Five friends who were with a 22-year-old man fatally shot by a transit officer have filed a $1.5 million claim against the transit agency.

In documents filed Wednesday in Alameda County Superior Court, the men say their civil rights were violated when transit police hit, taunted and detained them for several hours early New Year's Day after their friend, Oscar Grant, was killed.

Grant was unarmed when he was shot in the back while lying face-down on the train station platform.

Former Officer Johannes Mehserle has pleaded not guilty to Grant's murder.

The men who filed the claim are brothers Nigel and Jackie Bryson, Michael Greer, Carlos Reyes and Fernando Anicete.

A Bay Area Rapid Transit spokesman said the agency doesn't comment on pending litigation.

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